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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. It is the most populous city in the Netherlands with over 750,000 people. The greater Amsterdam area is home to over 1.4 million people (about 10% of the whole population of the Netherlands). The city dates back to the 13th century when the first wooden buildings were built on the site of modern-day Amsterdam. Today, Amsterdam is a vibrant, culturally influential city with many lodging choices. Amsterdam hostels are probably the most cost-effective of those choices.
Amsterdam hostels are close to many things. There are plenty of renowned museums in the city (e.g. the Rijksmuseum which holds works by Rembrandt, the Van Gogh Museum which curates Vincent van Gogh's work, and the well-known Anne Frank house). The city is also home to one of the world's most famous orchestras, the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. They play at the corner of Museumplein at the concert house (Concertgebouw).
When you visit an Amsterdam hostel, keep in mind that the city is very well known for the centuries' old tradition of acceptance and open-mindedness. This is a city where prostitution is legal, and the (in)famous Red Light District, there are coffee shops that sell cannabis products, and there is a vibrant nightlife with over 1500 bars and cafes that attract a lot of tourists. Leidseplein is also one of the nightlife centers.
Amsterdam is a city of unique features and architecture. Amsterdam hostels are also very diverse. Be prepared to spend a fair amount of money here because the city itself, along with most of the Netherlands, is a bit expensive.
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The Flying Pig Uptown Hostel
"It is an inevitable fact that many people come to Amsterdam to engage in drug tourism; if you are so inclined, The Flying Pig Uptown Hostel is an excellent, safe environment in which to engage in this practice. If you're otherwise looking for a good sleep, this actually isn't a bad place for it. The Location This hostel is situated alongside Vondelpark, just outside the city centre. It is a quiet location, but still within walking...
The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel
"This may be the most talked about hostel in Europe. It has an almost legendary reputation among backpackers for attracting a young, chill, laid-back crowd. And the place fits that vibe perfectly. But if you're looking for a spottlessly clean place with a family atmosphere, this isn't it. The bathrooms and rooms aren't always squeeky clean but it's a fun hostel for young backpackers who want to stay up all night socializing and sleep in...
Hostel Cosmos Amsterdam
"This was my favorite hostel during my travels! The staff are awesome. The rooms are a bit small, and there aren't many showers, but that wasn't a problem. The beds were very comfortable, and the staff had really good advice on fun things to do. The cat could be a problem if you are allergic to cats, but I thought having a resident cat was freaking awesome! I would definitely come back!" … "Great little hostel in the heart of Amsterdam...
The Bulldog Hotel
Red Light District
"The Bulldog Hotel is pretty cool for Amsterdam because it's located right in the red light district on a canal but it has strict security so they keep the sketch factor outside the hostel. Plus there's a coffee shop in the hostel and you can smoke weed in the bar (not cigarettes). The Location From the train station exit towards the city center and cross the bridge over the canal. From here take the big street Damrak down to Damsquare....
"My wife and I have stayed here 3 times. It is located near the Heinekien Brewery. Public transit stops are located a few meters away. The Euphemia is always a good bargain and the rooms are clean and secure. I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to have a room outside the Red Light District." … "I stayed there few days ago. It was clean and had GREAT STAFF!!! The location is super good, and it's cheap. I will be back!"...
Durty Nellys Inn
"Although Durty Nellys Inn is located in the Red Light District, it does not seem like an unsafe place to be. However, if your main purpose for going to Amsterdam is not to party, smoke, or experience the Red Light District, this is not the hostel for you. The Location Durty Nelly's is located within a short walk, backpack included, of the central train station in Amsterdam. Rooms and Bathrooms The rooms are nice and well-kept....
International Budget Hostel
"Best Value in Amsterdam City Center! - Owner Marjory, John, receptionists Tim and Merav are the nicest people you'll meet in Amsterdam. They'll make your stay warm and welcoming. The location is excellent and facilities clean, warm, and convenient. Free Wi-Fi and twenty-four-hour access. Their warm, open, and flexible approach shows they know the needs of hostelers and travelers. This place gives you best value for what you can get in a...
Heart of Amsterdam Hostel
"Heart of Amsterdam Hostel is an excellent place to stay and it is really located in the heart of Amsterdam. It is a great place to meet new people and to hang out, relax, or explore the city. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the breakfast is very good. The Location The hostel is located in the middle of the Red Light District, which is an area with all kinds of different people. During the day, there are tourists and during...
Shelter City Hostel
"Despite being right beside the Red Light District in Amsterdam, Shelter City is a Christian hostel. It's located quite close to some monuments, many shops, Chinatown, and the central train station. Because of its curfew (2 a.m.) and disdain of drugs and alcohol, Shelter City is definitely not the ideal hostel for travelers wanting to party. It is much more suitable for those who go to Amsterdam to see the sights and visit museums. Some...
Shelter Jordaan Hostel
"If you’re looking for a hostel near the centre or train station, Shelter Jordaan Hostel is not it. It takes you more than fifteen minutes to get there by walking. It's not easy to find because you need to go through several canals. When you reach the street, you must walk to the end of the street -- it's such a long way. The hostel is a Christian hostel. There's some writing on the wall about Jesus. Someone may ask if you're...
The White Tulip Youth Hostel
Red Light District
"The White Tulip is crammed right in the heart of the Red Light District in Amsterdam. It is only a three-minute walk from the train station and is very easy to find. The approach down the street leading to the T-Junction on Warmoesstraat is classic Red Light -- an excellent coffee shop on the right-hand corner, a giant sex boutique straight ahead, and a lot of people partying in the street. Immediately upon heading down this street, one...
Amsterdam Hostel Annemarie
"Hotel Annemarie is a quiet, out of the way place in Amsterdam. From the train station, you definitely need to take public transportation to get there, and then with a good map, you should have no difficulty. From there, is close enough to walk (15 minutes) to Leidseiplen and other main areas of the city. The red light district is a little further, but public transportation services the spot quite well. Inside, you'll find a very...
Bob's Youth Hostel
"Bob’s Youth Hostel in Amsterdam is a lively hostel in a lively part of town -- definitely a place to go to get the true Amsterdam experience. The Location Bob’s Youth Hostel is in a great location! It is just a ten-minute walk with one turn on a major boulevard from the central train station and on the edge of all the nightlife that the Red Light District provides. The area also has plenty of cheap food and coffee shops around. There...
Hans Brinker Budget Hotel
"Hans Brinker Budget Hotel is basically a nice, chilled out place to start and end any day in Amsterdam. It is run by a handful of international staff members, who are very nice and helpful. The Location Amsterdam's streets promise any walk to be a great experience, so the one-and-a-half kilometers it'll take you to get from the hostel to the city center is not a problem, as it would be in most cities. There are other options of travel...
Meeting Point Youth Hostel
"Youth Hostel Meetingpoint is great for one reason -- location. It's about a four minute walk from the train station, which is key when you have a big backpack strapped to you. It's also only a few minutes away from the Red Light District. There are restaurants all over the area, and of course, "coffeeshops." There's even a "smart shop" next door and an EasyInternet Cafe a minute or two away. Downstairs there is a great little bar area...
Amsterdam Orange Tulip Hotel
"I have stayed at this hotel from July 3d till 7th and overall I can say that I enjoyed my stay. The reception staff was very nice and helpful, my room was clean yet very basic but had everything I needed, the breakfast was ok a typical continental breakfast. The best about this hotel is the location!!! You're in the middle of everything what is going on in Amsterdam and the staff provides me with all kinds of information about clubbing and...
HI - Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen Hostel
"HI - Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen Hostel is a large hostel with a institutional feel to it. Some of the staff can be unfriendly, and even talking to them usually involves waiting in line for at least ten minutes. Amsterdam is a popular city with the backpacking crowd, so this place is often packed full, especially in the summer. They are helpful in helping find things to do around the city and provide some discounts on museum admission and...
HI - Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark Hostel
"Excellent hostel! We've stayed there twice. Rooms are spotlessly clean and reasonably priced. You even get a free drink at the bar each time you stay! There is a pretty good-sized common room, pool table, foosball, a separate (tobacco) smoking room, and a very reasonably priced bar/restaurant that stays open till 1 a.m. The front desk staff are friendly and helpful — they sell tickets to most of the major sights in the city at a discount....
Hostel The Globe Center
"Excellent hostel/sports bar - Stayed here with 5 friends, we paid £20 each a night for clean, comfortable and sociable accommodation. Showers were very clean. Perfect location in central Amsterdam. Staff were helpful when answering anything, and friendly all the time. Quite simply great accommodation, especially for the price paid." … "QUALITY!! I stayed here and it was savage. I had a great time and the food was deadly, not to mention...
Lucky Lake Hostel
"We stayed at Lucky Lake Hostel from 23rd till 26th September 2006. The place is extremely lovely, friendly, and nice, just as all the staff members. It is very clean and comfortable and also funny. We had our own guard, a "Dino" in front of the caravan. Many people would pay a lot of money to spend some time in a surrounding like this. But here you don't have to. The very-downtown of Amsterdam is can be reached less then half an hour. The...
Budget Hotel Tourist Inn
"I stayed there when I was on R&R in Amsterdam. I loved it. The service was great, they were very helpful with everything I needed. They were very knowledgeable of the area. The location was great, right downtown, a short walk from everything. They had a fast lift that got you up and down to your room in no time at all. They also had a twenty-four-hour-a-day desk person and asked everyone to show there room key when they came in, I liked that...
Amsterdam Hostel Uptown
"… arrival date. In case of no show, your credit card will be charged 100% of the total cost. *During Easter, Queen's Day and the New Years Period, we have a two-week cancellation policy. During this time, late cancellations and no-shows shall be charged for 100% of their total booking. At New YearsÂ’ (30th, 31st Dec & 1st, 2nd and 3rd Jan 2013) and Easter periods we require a 4 night maximum stay. Please contact us in case of...
"Considering we had no reservations to stay any where on the first weekend of august this hostel is perfect when there is no other bed in amsterdam. located near the city centre all necessities are close by. 45 euro a night was steep for what you get but its worth it for the laugh. true it is disgustingly dirty but if not prepared to stay in a hostel get a hotel." … "A warm, comfortable, and pleasant place to stay, reasonable rates and...
Hostelboat Anna Maria II
"Hostelboat Anna Maria II is a unique place for travelers of all ages -- not just young backpackers. For those who want to experience a different style of living, sleeping on a boat in the port city of Amsterdam is perfect. The Location The hostel is located at Oosterdok, roughly a ten-minute walk from the Amsterdam Centraal Train Station. From the boat you can see the train station, the beautiful Bibliotheek, and the Nemo Museum as you...
Amsterdam Hostel Orfeo
"Amsterdam Hostel Orfeo is a basic hostel that meets your basic needs. The Location If you can successfully navigate public transit system, and not get lost among Amsterdam's canals and bridges, then Hostel Orfeo is relatively easy to find. There's a distinct sign that makes the location easy to spot. There are a fair number of restaurants nearby, including a Burger King and a McDonald's, that are open late. Rooms and Bathrooms The...
"The city of Amsterdam is full of hostels near the Red Light District that provide a bohemian atmosphere for enjoying the herb and partying all night long; fortunately, there is an alternative for those who have come to enjoy the culture, the people and the scenic beauty -- Inner Amsterdam hostel. The Location The hostel is in a quiet neighborhood near the Museumplein tram station. It is very near the concert hall and a short walk from...
"Aivengo Youth Hostel is a very basic, centrally located, reasonably priced hostel. You get what you pay for and is adequate for a couple of nights' stay. Location The Hostel is a less-than-two-minute walk from central station. The street runs parallel with the main shopping street running down to Dam Square, which is less than a ten-minute walk away. It is very central with plenty of restaurants and coffee shops nearby. Across the road...
"… by tram from all the museums. The staff is friendly and helpful. Every guest will receive a guide book and map of Amsterdam at the check in. There is no curfew so you can fully enjoy the nightlife. Hotel Tamara has a safety deposit box for your valuables. We like people to arrive as early as possible, if arriving later or if there is a delay please phone us . On check in we ask you to pay in cash as we don't have credit card...
"Unreasonable chargement for my cancellation - When I came to Amsterdam central station, I made the ticket reservation first. Unfortunately, there is no seat reservation for my Eurailpass for the day I planed to leave. So I had to change my schedule and left AMS one day earlier. Then I went to the hostel and talked with the staff there. I wanna cancel the reservation for the third night, but the staff told me it was not allowed unless I did...
St. Christopher's Inn - The Winston
"St. Christopher's Inn - The Winston is an excellent place to stay and it is really located in the heart of Amsterdam -- the Warmoestraat. It is a great place to meet new people and to hang out, relax, or explore the city. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the breakfast is excellent. The Location The hostel is located where Red Light District meets "civilization." It is in an area with all kinds of different people. During the...
Hotel Marnix City Centre
"Marnix Hotel & Hostel is a small, cosy hostel located in Marnixstraat, which is a small street off the main throughfare of Leidseplein. The hostel is a good place from which to explore the lively city of Amsterdam. Although the hostel is centrally located and extremely convenient to the numerous bars and pubs of Leidseplein, actually getting to the hostel from the train station (Amsterdam Centraal) can prove to be a bit of a hassle. If you...
Amsterdam Hostel Leidseplein
"Definitely a good deal - The hostel is right in the middle of Leidesplein (huge bar, restaurant, club scene) not too far of a walk from train station. Somehow it was not that loud at night in the rooms even though there's a party going on outside from 11 until 4. The all you can eat breakfast was a little underwhelming but the coffee was fine. Staff was very helpful as well." … "We had a pleasant experience but others did not - First...
HI - Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel
"HI - Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel is yet another one of the huge industrial-type hostels popular with school groups across Europe. The facilities are more than adequate, but as is common with this type of hostel, the solo traveler or those looking to meet new friends may have difficulties with the impersonal nature of the place. A distinct feeling of being nickeled-and-dimed can emerge with the overpriced internet, lockers, and so on all...
"Cool position and nice wifi - Overall it's clean and nice except the toilet. The toilet is small and not very clean." … "WORST and most EXPENSIVE hostel ever - We have booked for a 6-bed-dorm and payed 53€ p.P./Night. What we received was a 9-bed-dorm -- one "bed" was just a mattress on the floor. The unfriendly woman at the reception suppressed that fact when we checked in. Confronted by us with these lacks of comformity, she gave us...
AWA Amsterdam Youth Hostel Inn
"Horrible, do not stay here - Horrible, maybe the worst place I ever stayed. Definitely the worst hostel I've ever stayed in. Dirty, no common room, no TV or internet access. Bathrooms are tiny. No screens on windows so mosquitoes biting you every night." … "Very bad - Dirty room, dirty bed sheets, no window, bad smell in room, room was formerly a kitchen." … "… be there to help you out with any city info on the best...
"Good stay - The place was clean, which is my number one concern, and I felt safe. The 5 bed mixed room I stayed in was very small, however, and the bunk beds were very short -- the person on the bottom could not even sit up straight. The wifi in the common area was good and the reception people were very nice and helpful. It was a little cold and the stairs were a little narrow. But the location was good and I had no complaints otherwise."...
"… to most of the places of interests in Amsterdam about 15 minutes, also centraal station and Airport are easily to be reached by the public transportation.We not only provide excellent facilities, but also have a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You will get so much more than just a good night's sleep at an affordable price.For the business traveler, Hotel Nieuw Slotania not only does it provide easy access to Schiphol Amsterdam...
"… it for you. --- PLEASE NOTE --- Before the arrival the Paganini Hotel staff could ask a pre-authorisation on your card as a warranty to confirm the booking. Please be sure to have enough money on your credit card to pay the balance otherwise the hotel could not confirm your booking. Note: 5.5% city tax is not included in the price Please note breakfast is not included in the online rates but can be purchased at 3 euro...
Hostel & Hotel Utopia
"Terrible -- one of the worst - Mice, rat, bedbugs at this hostel. Owner steals your deposit! The owner crams six people into a hostel room apparently to keep the mice, rat, and bedbugs company. The first night I didnt notice any major problems except for my sheets being torn up. Second night I heard the pitter patter of a rat and counted two mice scurrying on the floor in front of the door. The rat was going into someone's bag looking around....
Hotel Trianon & Trianon Annex
"Decent and cosy but hot - We enjoyed our stay in hotel trianon. The staff was helpful even if we arrived to the lobby in the middle of the night and high. Room cleaning was precise. We met many travelers. Only thing that bothered us was the temperature, even if we had the balcony door open for the whole night, and I was actually quite near to the door, it was hot during the nights. Air ventilation anyone?" … "Smallest room ever - The...
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Amsterdam Travel Tips & Suggestions
Amsterdam was really great! The Dutch are very friendly and laid back. We met people from all over the world and everyone had a good time. The place is really beautiful and historic. Also the red light area was an eye opener -- so open and the windowgirls seems to be very friendly. The U.S.A. can learn a lot from Holland. I love the city!
I've visited Amsterdam many times -- great place.
My friend and I went to Amsterdam this summer. Now, I had heard all the stories about what goes on and what to do, but you don't know anything until you go. All the stories in the world can't do this place justice. The Dutch are really friendly and laid back people, the prostitutes were much better than you can imagine (if you're into that), the weed has got to be some of the best in the world, and the city was amazingly beautiful. There's way more to do there than just smoke weed and sleep with whores. It was a once in a lifetime visit.
It is not safe to sleep in the streets. Trust me. Many weirdos appear at any time, with more drugs than blood in their veins, and you don't feel safe at all. It is not safe either to sleep on the street benches in full daylight -- I was awakened (read: kicked) by a very angry Dutch policeman.
— Fernando Vezzosi
I have been thinking about moving to Amsterdam. I have never been there but I figure you only live once. The whole city stands for everything I have based my life on -- sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll.
There's nowhere like this place. We still go back even with a young family -- there's something for everyone. We brought back some "duty free" -- the dealers in the RLD make me laugh!
— Psst ! Charlie! Charlie!
I went for three days and can't remember a thing.
— Tommy McAteer
I was here in October 2006. It was fantastic. You must come here and have fun.
I live in Glasgow so I know a great city when I see one, and Amsterdam is great. Great hash and weed for great prices. Great museums and buildings, if you like that sort of thing. Red Light District is a must see. I thought all whores were ugly, but not in the Dam. Not as scary a place as everyone makes out. All in all a great city.
Wow, Amsterdam -- the rumours are true! What an amazing place to stay, so laid back and relaxed. The Red Light District is not nearly as scary as people to say. At the very least, just go there for a look, you'll be amazed by how differently people live here, and the Red Light District pretty much sums that up. Give the Sex Museum a tour as well. It might sound creepy but parts of it were hilarious! But be careful, while it might seem like anything goes in Amsterdam, some things will definitely get you into trouble -- taking pictures in the Red Light District, for example.
Great place! The coffeshops are amazing. For the older hippies try Dutch Flowers. I smoked with two seventy-year-old sailors and heard some great stories. (The hash and weed -- fantastic!). The Van Gogh museum and Rijks museum are must-sees. A ferry to the town of Markin will let you enjoy a small Dutch town that if you wander far enough, you can see the classic windmills. When you first dock you are spilled out into a very touristy part but keep exploring into the town and you will see farmland and windmills. The Dutch are very friendly open laid back. The U.S. could learn a lot from them. If you haven't been to Amsterdam, regardless of age, go!
I am born Dutch and have lived in Amsterdam for more than twenty-five years. To all those worried about drug dealers on the streets -- do not worry, ignore the poor suckers who are basically selling only cheap sh*t to ignorant people who don´t know how to say "no thank you." Please understand as well that the people selling drugs on the streets are really just poor addicts who should not be taken seriously. They will never be aggressive, by the way. Why should we put them in prison? They just look for the sucker who wants to make their day by buying their washpowder or henna powder for five hundred times its value. Real suckers will get high from this anyhow! Enjoy Amsterdam, and do not think that everybody smokes all this stuff. Most Amsterdammers do not use drugs. You can have a great time without it as well!
I'm sure your parents are not so happy about your coming here, but it is a great city. And I'm planning to come here annually, just to be able to stand my everyday life. Love it or leave it.
Well, what can I say about Dam... best place ever to be at. It's like God gave us a place to go and have the time of our lives. Everybody's cool, you get high at all times, drink, get high, pay 50 euros for a hooker at the red light district, and have a damn good sex. Then you go to coffee shop and toast it up again, and then u get some white widow and get knocked out. Eat some space cakes (make sure u don't leave the coffee shop while high on space cakes), then u go around and have the pleasure of seeing that beautifull city. Go to the hemp museum and the sex museum as well, book hostels in advance, chill with all them hot chickas, and try 2 get hooked up... before u go 2 bed (if u do) have some hash, if u don't go 2 bed get some of them magic mushrooms!!! Have fun always.
Amsterdam is great. Whether you're looking to enjoy the night-life, drugs, or sightsee, there is something for everyone. The area around Central Station is super touristy. Spend a day in that area and then move on. Go to the Pijp and shop at the Albert Cuyp Market, spend a day in Vondelpark, or go to the Jordaan and hang with locals in the coffee shops. Eat at a place called Abe Vento at 2 Plantage Kerklaan, they have great cheap Italian food. Also try the cheap falafels in Rembrantplein (Maoz was my personal favourite). There is also a soup place called Soup En Zo at the Waterlooplein that has amazing soup.
Make sure you book well inadvance. I'm just about to go and have had some rather fortunate luck in getting a cheap hostel with a good rep, but I have been sweating for the last couple of days.
AMSTERDAM! What's not to love? Me and my best friend traveled for a month around Europe and Amsterdamwas one of our favorite places! First, go to the INTERNET CAFE or the BULLDOG next to BOOM CHICAGO if you stay at VONDELPARK. You can drink and smoke and play some pool. The music is off the hook and if you decide to shroom...there are incredible pictures coming right out of the wall!!! You also HAVE to get the cone fries!! They are soooo good! Nothing like em'. For sure you have to go to MULIN ROUGE or a live sex show! You have to totally experience the life! You should also bring some cash to buy the best weed in the world! About 13 euro well get you high! Bikes are everywhere...so travel that way or do what the locals do...foot it. Oh, and mind the fashion there. You can get some cute fashion ideas, or don'ts! Oh, and there are not too many R&B type clubs. But, the music is a great mix. You hear the sh*t that you don't hear in the States. Oh, and go to the coffee shops that rock BOB MARLEY all the time. You really experience everyday life in AMSTERDAM! I will never forget the ROCKERY!!!!! The celling fans were so fresh. OH, AND DO SMOKE HASH! It will knock you on your ass! One hit and you are lit!!! Lets, see.....be careful because you can get worn out easy there. You wake up at like 7 and go to bed at NEVER! OH, and the best tip that I can give that no one really has mentioned is to stay in HOSTELS not hotels. Hostels are where you meet other backpackers! Have fun....and blow one in the air for me...
You can buy a stolen bike from just about anyone walking around with a bike for the same price as renting it for a few days. Be sure to buy a good lock though. And then, when you go back, you can use it again!
Amsterdam is the best place in the world, if only others could follow the world would be a better place. Amsterdam has it sorted.
Great city!! Not just for the reasons most people will say (coffee shops , etc.). It just has so much on offer... museums, shops, bars, cheap accommodation, friendly people, canals! It is a great experience!
Amsterdam is the town to visit. What is good about it? To begin with: everything! Coffe shops, museums, restaurants, and of course the red light district. If you have to travel once in a lifetime, visit Amsterdam.
Amsterdam is a lovely place. Everyone here travels around on bikes because the land is so flat, so be careful to look out for bikes when crossing the road! Book accommodations in the city well in advance and haggle with the people on the door of Madame Toussauds if you go there because they will drop their prices willingly!
Amsterdam is a wicked city for a nice smoke lots to see and lots of places to visit, but be warned, drug addicts are not the friendly type and avoid the areas where they are, especially in the area near the church.
When in Amsterdam, be respectful, have fun... u can sleep when yer dead!
— Indiana Andy
It is really easy to get lost in Amsterdam, so bring a good map. Do not get the Amsterdam pass unless you either plan on going to a lot of museums. Most of the museum and attractions are a short walk from the center canal or Red Light District. Try renting a bike. It is the best way to get around town.
First time I've been here in over five years, prices have rocketed though. One Tip, book accommodations in advance (even in April) as I've just had to fork out $90 for a hotel.
— Ade Pritchard
Not a good place to be a hero. Don't mess with the street dealers. Just shut up and keep walking.
Word of warning in and around Amsterdam, be aware of the many vagrants, drug dealers etc. that hang around mainly the Red Light district and the main drag in from the railway station (Damrak) if they approach you or bump into you just walk away as they may accuse you of banging into them and making them drop their drugs, which you will be asked to pay for in a polite way, well, polite for a drug dealer anyway.
— J Wilkinson
The greatest thing about Amsterdam, well one of the greatest things, is that everything is so laid back. People aren't up in arms about anything. You can sit at 10 AM and have an Amstel Light at the cafe in Vondelpark and no one thinks poorly of you. The city is beautiful, outside the red light district, by day with fabulous street markets. So many markets and so much cheap shopping - the fruit stands are amazing! Then at night, the city comes alive in different ways. Amsterdam is quite diverse; go shopping, go to the beach, go to the coffee shops, do it all. It is an experience one will NEVER forget!
Be warned that Amerstam has a lot of pick pockets.
The best thing about Amsterdam (that isn't inhaled) are all the cheap falafel places. Look for one with a bar that lets you add your own toppings.
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